PAWS Assistance Dogs receives 2019 Diamond Volunteer Award from Kelly E. Capolino

PAWS Assistance Dogs was honored as a Diamond Volunteer award winner at a cocktail reception held January 24 at Naples Art Association in downtown Naples. Kelly E. Capolino, local Realtor and philanthropist, is the founder and creator of the annual Diamond Volunteer Awards program which recognizes local charitable organizations for their work in the community.

A select group of volunteers and board members from PAWS Assistance Dogs were treated to wine, canapés and a networking reception. Two of PAWS dogs, Que and Hope, were also present for the reception; they also work in the community as ambassadors and volunteers.

The reception was immediately followed by a Diamond Volunteer award ceremony with Capolino presenting a framed award to Kyle Reed, President of the organization’s board of directors.

The reception recognized the organization’s volunteers and thanked them their hard work, countless volunteer hours, and their willingness to be ambassadors for the organization. PAWS Assistance Dogs is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that promotes independence for combat wounded veterans and children with life-changing disabilities through partnerships with skilled assistance dogs.

The group was selected from among many applicants for their valuable contributions they make in the lives of combat wounded veterans, and children with life-changing disabilities.

Capolino, a local award-winning real estate professional with Downing-Frye Realty, founded the award program in 2009 with the first awards presented in 2010. Each year groups are chosen based on their exceptional volunteer dedication and the positive influence that they make in the lives of others. This is the 29th award to be presented by Capolino’s Diamond Volunteer Program.

For more information, Kelly Capolino may be reached at 239-877-6700 or
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